- Ease of Use: 19/20
- Compactness: 20/20
- Drink Quality: 17/20
- Sound Level: 17/20
- Overall Value: 19/20
- Total: 92/100
When pulling the Keurig Mini Plus machine out of its box, the first thing I noticed was just how compact this one was. This machine can easily fit on any countertop and is great to slide in between other appliances, too, to really maximize your counter space (it measures 12.1 inches by 4.5 inches by 11.3 inches). The water tank is located on the top of this machine, and though it does need to be refilled with each cup of coffee as the machine will use the full amount of water added (just fill the tank to your desired ounces between six and 12), I found I actually appreciated the water being fresh every time. It also came with a matching K-cup storage container, which was a nice touch.
So what did I love about the Keurig Mini Plus machine? First of all, this one was super easy to set up. Instructions are included, but basically all you need to do is fill eight ounces of water into the tank and run the machine without a K-cup to cleanse it, and after that, you're good to go! As I mentioned, I also loved the small size, and additionally liked the variety of options available with the K-Cup pods—you can grab everything from seasonally flavored coffees to cozy hot cocoa and tasty teas. The strong brew option on this machine was another huge plus. It's a simple button on the top of the machine marked "strong" that you can select to increase the intensity of your coffee. I especially loved using this with the medium roast, as I found it gave it a stronger taste without adding some of the bitterness that can come with a dark roast.
As for the cons, there are a few things to consider. Like with the Nespresso Vertuo Pop+ machine, the pods are single use, despite being recyclable (but, again, you have the option of grabbing a reusable pod). It can also be a bit difficult to see the numbers on the Mini Plus machine's water tank when you fill it. The numbers are small and in the same clear material as the tank, so they easily blend in. For me, this wasn't really an issue as I'm almost always reaching for the biggest cup I can, but still should be noted. Again similar to the Nespresso, this machine was louder than I expected when operating, though this one may have been a smidge quieter. And finally, while I think the taste and quality of the coffee from this machine largely depends on the pod you choose, it doesn't quite have that "elevated" feel that the Nespresso does, as it brews more of a standard cup without any of the foaminess at the top.
- Brew options: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider
- Cost of pods: from $8/12-pack to $60/88-pack
- Color options: Matte Black, Cardinal Red, Studio Grey, Evening Teal, Matte White, Cool Aqua, Misty Green